[Hoodline] Chinatown is getting a new $26.5 million arts and media center


By Joe Kukura


The attacks on Chinatown seniors are one of many factors that have made this a brutal last 18 months for San Francisco’s oldest Chinatown in the U.S, but also conceals a comeback story that’s been quietly advancing for months. The 100-year-old Far East Cafe has been saved from closure, the long-empty Empress of China has finally opened its new incarnation Empress by Boon, and now, a vacant storefront at Grant Avenue and Clay Street is about to get a nearly $30 million upgrade. Bay City News reports on a $28.6 million arts and media center coming to that address, to be called Edge on the Square, and funded with money found in the state budget by Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting.



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